Tragedy struck SeaWorld Orlando when killer whale trainer Dawn Brancheau was attacked by a whale named Tilikum and died shortly thereafter.
And according to Brancheau’s mother Marion Loverde, Dawn had her heart set on working with the massive mammals ever since encountering the famous Shamu years ago.
Ms. Loverde told press, “It was her dream to do it. She loved her job. She was very loving, very giving – a good girl, close to her God, close to her family, close to friends."
Victoria Biniak, an eyewitness to the attack, told press, "[Tilikum] took off really fast in the tank and he came back, shot up in the air, grabbed the trainer by the waist and started thrashing [her] around." Emergency personnel were unable to revive Ms. Brancheau.